As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan finds, the dying rarely want to talk about God. Instead, they want to talk about their lives, the experiences it’s contained and the people who have touched it, the betrayals, wounds, unfinished business, and unrealized dreams. Egan’s job, as it turns out, is to witness firsthand what she calls the “spiritual work of dying”. Each of her patients teaches her something—how to find courage in the face of fear or the strength to make amends; how to be profoundly compassionate and fiercely empathetic; how to see the world in grays instead of black and white. In this poignant, moving, and beautiful book, Egan passes along all of her patient’s precious and necessary gifts.
Praise for the book:
“‘Funny, honest, and self-deprecating…’On Living’ adds to the understanding of end-of-life issues in an important and accessible way…If there is one thing death teaches us, it’s how to live.”
– Heather Lende, New York Times Book Review
“A poetic and philosophical and brave and uplifting meditation on how important it is to make peace and meaning of our lives while we still have them.”
–Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love
Join the First Friday Book Group to discuss the book:
Friday, April 7
6:00 – 8:00 pm
All are welcome to attend! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books are available at the Christ Church Bookstore.